University of Southern California

Ibrahim Gedeon
Chief Technology Officer
Company: 
TELUS

Ibrahim Gedeon is one of the global telecommunications industry’s most colorful and respected executives, Ibrahim Gedeon has carved out an international career by combining tremendous insight and skill as an applied scientist with a lighthearted and thoroughly non-conventional approach to leadership. As Chief Technology Officer for TELUS, a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, his energy and engaging manner as a speaker and presenter are legendary within industry circles.

Ibrahim began his career in telecommunications engineering and research in 1990 when he joined Bell Northern Research, designing signal-processing software in the Cryptographic Systems division. He moved to Nortel Networks in 1994 as a network design engineer. He was named vice president and director of Data Network Engineering at Nortel in 1996; vice president of Internet Brand Management in 1999, and senior vice president of Wireless Engineering in 2000. He joined TELUS in 2003 and is responsible for technology strategy, service and network architecture, service delivery and operational support systems for the company’s wire line and wireless divisions, as well as service and network convergence, enterprise applications and network infrastructure strategies and evolution.

Ibrahim has held numerous leadership roles in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has also received numerous professional awards and various forms of industry recognition, including being named twice to the Global Telecoms Business magazine’s “GTB Power 100,” a list of the 100 most powerful and influential people in the telecoms industry. He is currently the General Chair for the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Communications in Ottawa and also serves on the board of a number of industry associations, including the Washington, DC based Alliance for Telecommunications Industry.

A native of Lebanon, he has a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the American University of Beirut and a Masters' in Electronics Engineering from Carleton University. In 2010, he received a Honourary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia.

Also renowned as a chef and gregarious host, his initial foray into the publishing world took the form of a cook book entitled From the Heart, released in 2006, which was followed by his much anticipated book on leadership in June 2011, entitled Weeding out the Wankers – Life Lessons from the workplace as seen by a Technology Executive.